Get Your Out-Of-Control Dog to Chill Out, Focus, and Do What You Say
When you love your dog, but just can’t take any more of his/her obnoxious behavior.
Hyperactive, crazy dogs can test your patience like nothing else. They never calm down, they never listen. They pull on leash, they destroy things. They have a hard time focusing on what you tell them, and they usually ignore you.
Maybe you’ve taught your dog to sit and lie down on command, but getting him to listen to you anywhere outside your living room is impossible.
Or maybe Fido is too hyperactive for you to even think about trying to teach him basic obedience commands. You might have tried taking him to obedience or agility class but gave up because his unruliness was disrupting the class and embarrassing you.
It sucks, right? I get it. I developed this training guide while working with the most hyperactive, out-of-control dogs there are: those who have spent weeks or months living in cages in animal shelters.
Let me show you what I do.
A Day at the Dog Pound
The dogs always have this air of frenzied, unfocused desperation about them. Stuck in a tiny cell made of concrete and chain link. No blankets, no toys, no hope of an end to the mind-numbing dullness that is life in the pound.
I’m standing in front of a kennel, observing its inhabitants. A lab mix and a shaggy shepherd. Both about a year old.
They are going CRAZY.
They are jumping and barking and literally bouncing off the walls and they are looking at me with this unmistakable expression: Get me out! Get me out get me out getmeoutgetmeout.
Talk about out-of-control dogs, huh?
I unlock the gate, bracing against it so the dogs don’t escape.
“When was the last time you guys got to use your brains?” I ask them.
That’s the thing with a lot of dogs who end up in the shelter. They have gone days or weeks or their entire lives without ever being required to think. They have no self-control. Their strategy for getting what they want is to push, jump, pull and generally be as obnoxious as possible.
Yeah, well. Not today.
We’re gonna work on a little impulse control. In a move that I have spent nine years perfecting, I’ve gotten the door open, rushed through and closed it behind me before the dogs can react. If they’re surprised, they quickly recover and start jumping up and slobbering all over me.
What these two want right now is a) my attention, and b) to get out of the freakin’ kennel.
I’m going to teach them exactly how to get those things. I fold my arms and turn my back, ignoring their jumping as much as possible. The shepherd backs off a little, probably accidentally. For a fraction of a second, all four of her feet are touching the ground.
“Good dog!” I immediately turn around and reach over to pet her. She jumps up. I turn around and ignore her. Again, all four paws hit the floor. I reach down to pet her. She jumps again. Repeat. Out of the corner of my eye, I’m watching her for any signs of comprehension. Does she get what I’m trying to explain?
After a while, her body language loses that frantic, mindless edge. It becomes quizzical. This happens with all the dogs I do this training with, and it is always awesome to see. It’s the moment when their brains kick in.
The shepherd deliberately takes a step back.
“What a GOOD girl!”
She wags her tail and doesn’t jump.
Meanwhile, the lab continues jumping. He’s slower to catch on, but eventually he also realizes that the only way to get my attention is to keep “four on the floor.”
Soon, I get them leashed up and ready for a walk.
In a kennel building where 60+ dogs are barking and howling and losing their minds, these two pups are calm, collected, and patiently waiting for me to open the door.
I do this a lot.
There’s a few variations:
There were those two crazy puppies who started out biting and climbing all over me. By the end of the training session, I could hold treats in my open palm, right under their noses. They would just sit and wait for me to give the OK – not bad for twenty minutes of work.
Or that time I taught a big blue pit bull with zero impulse control to stop pulling on her leash. I watched her go from mindless pulling machine to thinking dog as she realized that yeah, actually, she could restrain herself from dislocating my shoulder.
What Give Your Dog a Brain is all about
I am not dominating these dogs. There is no physical punishment or coercion. And I don’t use a ton of food. Many shelter dogs are not food-motivated anyway; they’re too stressed out to eat.
So what exactly am I doing? Giving them some self-control. They learn to think for themselves. They learn how to listen, focus, and not freak out in distracting situations.
That is what this training guide is all about. And if it works for these crazy hyper psycho shelter dogs, it will work for your crazy hyper psycho dog.
Hey, I’m Katie. I run the dog training website 3LostDogs.com, which provides training tutorials geared toward owners of adopted/rescued dogs.
My whole “niche” as a dog trainer is teaching hyper, out-of-control dogs to chill out, focus, and listen to their owners.
I began work on Give Your Dog a Brain after seeing so many animals surrendered to shelters because of behavior problems that could have been fixed. Nobody wants to give their dog up to a shelter. So it really sucks when sometimes, you feel like you have no other option. When your dog is making your life miserable, what are you supposed to do?
This is why Give Your Dog a Brain exists. This is why I’ve devoted my life to training dogs: to keep family pets out of the pound and in their homes where they belong.
Let’s work on yours, shall we?
Solve Annoying Behavior Problems Once and For All
With “Give Your Dog a Brain” training, your dog will:
Learn to listen to you
Stop jumping on people
Stop pulling on leash
Stop flipping out when you get the leash out
Learn to calm down and relax
Learn to trust you, and WANT to do what you say
Stop embarrassing you in public
What others say about Give Your Dog a Brain:
“I’m in Australia and stumbled over your Youtube dog training [channel]. From there I purchased your book and videos. I’m guessing this is where you’re holding your breath to see what I write next. Welll it’s all good. In fact, I was in a terrible situation emotionally. I had and still do have a staffy pup and although he is a very loving nice dog, he is over the top excitable and wouldn’t respond to me like my old dog did, who was a calmer type of character. CJ the staffy pup also thinks it’s fine to use his strength to push his way to get what he wants regardless of what you say.
Actually, I was in a pretty scary place with him thinking I might have to take him to an animal shelter because I could not do anything with him. But as I said I stumbled over your book and videos that I purchased straight away. They gave me a little hope that maybe something could be done with this over the top dog. I thought to myself, if you could get over the top neglected [shelter] doggies trained then maybe I have hope with CJ. I couldn’t wait to read the book and watch the first video and start with him the following morning. He caught on quickly and the first session I actually started to get enjoyment out of him doing the training, and I am sure he felt better with me also.
When you’re scared and don’t know what to do with your doggy and you feel the situation is right out of control, your common sense positive approach is actually invaluable if not life changing for the pet and owner. I now enjoy CJ and I know with effort things can get better.
A Big Heart Felt Thanks for your book and videos. They gave CJ and myself the tool to have a happy life now.
“Just finished ‘Give Your Dog a Brain’. One of the most motivating and reassuring dog books I’ve ever read. Was at an all time low with my Border Collie a week ago, and have turned it around and am making progress again, not just because of the content of the book, but the ‘lift’ it’s given me. Nice one! Thanks.” – Ian
Thank you so much for your time and advice! I really appreciate it. I just hung up with you and I went downstairs and put Dominic on his leash. … I tried the wait-until-he-sits [training exercise] to put it on. To my surprise he did it almost immediately! The training with the food paid off already and I didn’t even know it. He let me put [the leash] on with NO struggle for the first time ever!!! He did not act crazy and he went to the door. He actually let me hold the leash with no pulling and he was patient. I have NEVER had that experience with him. I can really see how the different training techniques build on each other. … Thanks again, Laurie”
How it Works
Give Your Dog a Brain is divided into five lessons, based on the structure of a “real life” dog training class. Each lesson introduces a few new concepts and new exercises.
There is a series of impulse control exercises, surprisingly fun and simple training games that send a very clear message to your dog: being calm is much more rewarding than spazzing out.
Then there are exercises that teach your dog to listen to you, even when there are a million other things she’d rather be doing. These are for the dogs who never listen. Dogs who blow you off in distracting environments. If you’ve ever heard yourself say, “Fido obeys just fine at home. As soon as we leave the house he starts ignoring me!” then this is for you.
What exactly is in this thing?
The topics covered in Give Your Dog a Brain include:
Getting your dog to CHILL OUT:
The right kind of exercise to calm your crazy beast (hint: a ton of exercise is not always the answer, and it can sometimes make hyper behavior worse)
How diet might be causing your dog’s hyperactivity, and how to pick the right kind of kibble
How to encourage good canine behavior while you watch TV, cook dinner or procrastinate on Facebook
How to give your dog some self-control (it’s easier than you think!)
Staying calm in stressful situations, including:
How to stop your dog from freaking out when it’s time for a walk
Teaching your dog to FOCUS:
The clever (and kind of sneaky) strategy for getting your dog to listen, even when he’s distracted
How to teach your dog to “say please” when she wants something, instead of being obnoxious
How to improve your dog’s behavior by giving her a job
The trick to solving behavior problems (hint: if you find yourself saying “no! Bad dog!” a lot, you’re doing it wrong)
Training your dog to DO WHAT YOU SAY:
Calmly greeting guests
How to teach your dog to wait patiently at the front door, instead of bolting out
How to improve the bond between you and your dog, and how to repair damage done by harsh training methods
How to control your dog without a choke chain, prong collar or shock collar
Important basic training tips to help you get the best results possible
Here’s what you’ll get:
A 44-page ebook – a quick, no-filler read designed to get you started right away. 10 instructional videos - one for each exercise, to show you exactly how it’s done. Access to a special “ebook owners only” page on 3LostDogs.com - this page will be updated on a regular basis with links to useful websites, videos, articles or books that can help you out.
-The Give Your Dog a Brain ebook and videos are fully compatible with both Mac and PC.
-The ebook is in PDF format for your downloading, reading and printing convenience. To view a PDF you’ll need Adobe Reader, a free program that is probably already installed on your computer.
-Please note this is not a Kindle ebook.
The price of the kit, including the ebook, videos, and access to the resource page is $19.00.
To recap, here’s what you’ll receive:
-an instant download of the ebook. Click the little “buy now” button and in as little as five minutes, you can start learning how to change Fido’s behavior.
-instant access to the videos and the resource page.
Who should buy this: Anyone who wants to learn how to stop their dog’s hyper behavior, solve obnoxious behavior problems, and raise a dog they can be proud of – not one that drives them crazy.
Who should not buy this:
-Anyone looking for quick fixes. The strategies and tactics in GYDAB are extremely effective, but they do require patience. You have to be willing to put in the work.
-Anyone who needs help with a dog who is showing signs of aggression i.e. growling or biting. Aggression issues are beyond the scope of GYDAB, and you should seek the help of an “in person” positive dog trainer.
Read the ebook. Watch the videos. Put in a solid effort to use the strategies and tactics provided. If you do all this and it doesn’t help you teach Fido to chill out, focus, and do what you say, just let me know and I’ll issue you a full refund.
P.S. I just wanted to say hey, thanks for reading this far! If this guide is something you can use, great! If not, great! We appreciate you checking out 3LostDogs.com and Give Your Dog a Brain.
P.P.S. A reminder – this is a digital product, so nothing will be shipped to you.